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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Monday, 28 July 2014
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ANZAC SPIRIT LIVES ON IN OUR SCHOOLS

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today congratulated schools from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Western Australia (WA) that have been awarded top honours in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards

“I am pleased to announce that Melba Copland Secondary School, ACT and Binnu Primary School, WA have taken out their respective state and national categories in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“Both schools have demonstrated their commitment to appropriately commemorating and learning about the service and sacrifice of Australians during wartime and, in doing so, are ensuring the Anzac spirit lives on for future generations.”

This year’s National and ACT Secondary Winner, Melba Copland Secondary School is commended for undertaking a wide variety of Anzac related learning activities, and encouraging students to research and think critically about Australia’s military service. The school also extensively involved their local community by inviting veterans to talk to students and inviting current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and other local schools to participate in their Anzac Day service. 

This year’s National and WA Primary Winning entry came from Binnu Primary School. The school conducted a special project where students grew 100 seedlings from their established Lone Pine tree. They will gift the seedlings to other schools across the state in a gesture of sharing the Anzac spirit. It is planned the seedlings will be planted on Anzac Day in 2015.

Senator Ronaldson today visited two schools in Wangaratta to congratulate students on their efforts: Wangaratta High School, the Victorian runner-up in the Secondary school category, and Wangaratta West Primary School, winner of the Best Innovative Activity special category.

“With the Anzac Centenary almost upon us, now is the time to reflect, as these schools have done, on the contribution of the men and women who left our shores bound for the First World War, and all those who have followed in their footsteps in the hundred years since,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“An understanding of service and sacrifice will live on in future generations of Australians thanks to the commitment of these primary and secondary schools. The Anzac Day Schools’ Awards competitionrecognises the exceptional innovative learning that is occurring in our schools and the importance of commemorating our wartime history.”

For more information on the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards visit www.dva.gov.au/schoolsawards

Editor's note: A full list of winners and runners-up in each state and territory is attached.

Media inquiries:      Minister Ronaldson: David Roberts 02 6277 7820 or 0418 515331
                                Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

2014 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards

NATIONAL WINNERS

STATE

AMOUNT

Melba Copland Secondary College

ACT

$1,000

Binnu Primary School

WA

$1,000

STATE WINNERS -Secondary

STATE

AMOUNT

John Therry Catholic High School

NSW

$2,000

Alkira Secondary College

VIC

$2,000

St Ursula's College

QLD

$2,000

Craigmore Christian School

SA

$2,000

Comet Bay College

WA

$2,000

Rose Bay High School

TAS

$2,000

MacKillop Catholic College

NT

$2,000

Melba Copland Secondary College

ACT

$2,000

STATE RUNNERS-UP -Secondary

STATE

AMOUNT

Asquith Girls High School

NSW

$500

Wangaratta High School

VIC

$500

Biggenden State School

QLD

$500

Urrbrae Agricultural High School

SA

$500

Lesmurdie Senior High School

WA

$500

Palmerston Senior College

NT

$500

St Clare’s College

ACT

$500

STATE WINNERS - Primary

STATE

AMOUNT

St John Vianney's Parish School

NSW

$2,000

Thomas Chirnside Primary School

VIC

$2,000

Oonoonba State School

QLD

$2,000

Snowtown Primary School

SA

$2,000

Binnu Primary School

WA

$2,000

Trevallyn Primary School

TAS

$2,000

Tipperary Station School

NT

$2,000

Red Hill Primary School

ACT

$2,000

STATE RUNNERS-UP - Primary

STATE

AMOUNT

Leppington Public School

NSW

$500

Mossgiel Park Primary School

VIC

$500

West Moreton Anglican College

QLD

$500

St Columba's Memorial School

SA

$500

Falls Road Primary School

WA

$500

Moil Primary School

NT

$500

Weetangera Primary School

ACT

$500

SPECIAL CATEGORY WINNERS

STATE

AMOUNT

Best Innovative Activity - Wangaratta West Primary School

VIC

$1,000

Best Local History Research - Urrbrae Agricultural High School

SA

$1,000

Best Veteran & Community Involvement - Omeo Primary School

VIC

$1,000

Best Use of Technology - The Essington School Darwin

NT

$1,000

Best Commemorative Art - Sunrise Christian School, Paradise Campus

SA

$1,000

 

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